History

[1] Objectives

The Master of Arts program in History seeks to broaden and deepen the student’s master of the historical discipline. As such, it is suited to teachers desiring further study in the discipline, to students preparing for entrance into a doctoral program, and to those who, by reason of avocation or vocation, desire a more profound knowledge of history. The Master of Arts program prepares students for a wide variety of career options ranging from teaching and business to journalism and public service.

[2] Program Admission Requirements

Qualifications for regular admission to the Master of Arts program are the same as those for admission to the Graduate School, except that students entering the program must also have earned a minimum 3.00 GPA in 12 undergraduate hours in history (or a related discipline) and an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores and two letters of recommendation must be submitted in order for an application to be reviewed by the department. The department gives preference to applicants with at least 153 (500 in the scoring system used prior to 2011) on the verbal and 4.0 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE. Applicants must also submit a 2–3 page formal statement of purpose that explains why the applicant is pursuing a master’s degree, identifies the applicant's particular historical interests (i.e., the historical problems or issues that most interest the applicant), and suggests why the applicant is interested in the History MA program at UCA. For conditional admission consult the graduate dean, department chair, or departmental graduate advisor.

[3] Program Plans

The student must fulfill one of the two following plans:

[3.1] Plan 1 (Non-Thesis)

Satisfactory completion of 30 hours of appropriate course work in history, including HIST 6300 and 6371, a major field of study (12 credit hours) and a minor general field of study (6 credit hours). At least 18 hours must be at the 6000 level.

[3.2] Plan 2 (Thesis)

Satisfactory completion of 30 hours of appropriate course work in history, including HIST 6300 and 6371, a major field of study (12 credit hours), a minor general field of study (6 credit hours), and a thesis (6 credit hours). At least 18 hours must be at the 6000 level. A reading knowledge of at least one foreign language is required.

[3.3] General Fields of Study

The student must choose a major general field of study and a minor general field of study from the following fields: European, Non-Western, and United States.

The following sections list the courses in each general field of study. The subject prefix for all courses listed here is HIST.

[3.3.1] European

5301 Studies in Environmental History
5302 History of Witchcraft
5309 Women in European History
5332 A History of the Crusades
5347 Ideas and Society in Modern Europe
5360 Birth of Europe, 300–1000
5361 Medieval Civilization, 1000–1400
5362 Tudor and Stuart England 1485–1690
5365 The History of Imperialism: A Review of World Colonial Systems
5369 Victorian Britain
5370 Europe, 1815–1914
5374 The European Renaissance and Reformation
5376 Europe, 1914–1939
5377 Europe in a Global Era
5378 Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution
5379 Spain: Crusade, Columbus, and Empire
5380 Czarist Russia
5382 Russia Since 1917
5385 French Revolution and Napoleon
5391 Topics in History
5394 Germany Since 1918
5397 History of Ireland, 1500–Present
6304 Selected Topics in European History
6340 The Contemporary World
6341 Studies in Medieval History, 450–1450
6342 Studies in Early Modern Europe
6345 Studies in Modern Europe
6370 Holocausts in History
6397 Independent Study in History

[3.3.2] Non-Western

5301 Studies in Environmental History
5306 Atlantic Slave Trade
5328 Modern Latin America
5343 History of Mexico
5353 Inter-American Relations
5365 The History of Imperialism: A Review of World Colonial Systems
5381 Modern China
5383 Modern Japan
5386 The War in the Pacific, 1931–1945
5387 The Islamic Middle East
5388 African History
5391 Topics in History
6305 Selected Topics in Non-Western History
6350 Selected Graduate Studies in African and Islamic History
6370 Holocausts in History
6397 Independent Study in History
6399 Studies in Asian History

[3.3.3] United States

5301 Studies in Environmental History
5302 History of Witchcraft
5305 The United States and the Middle East, 1776–Present
5306 Atlantic Slave Trade
5308 American Women's History
5311 American Colonial and Revolutionary History
5318 Archaeology and History of Southwest Native American Civilizations
5322 Early National History, 1783–1848
5325 American Life and Thought to 1865
5326 American Life and Thought since 1865
5327 The American West
5330 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848–1877
5333 United States Immigration and Ethnic History from Colonial Times to the Present
5335 Diplomatic History of the United States
5336 Work, Wealth, and Power in United States History
5338 American History through Film
5340 The Emergence of Modern America, 1877–1920
5345 The South to 1865
5346 The South since 1865
5350 America in Depression and War, 1920–1960
5353 Inter-American Relations
5355 The Role of Arkansas in the Nation
5358 Recent American History
5386 The War in the Pacific, 1931–1945
5391 Topics in History
6303 Selected Topics for Graduate Students in American History
6315 Civil War Seminar
6323 Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1492–1789
6324 Nineteenth-Century America
6325 Twentieth-Century America
6397 Independent Study in History

[4] Graduate Courses in History (HIST)

Follow this link for HIST course descriptions: course link.